Which songs give you the strongest sense of the turbulent 60s/early 70s?

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  1. Funkadelic - March to the Witch's Castle:

    1973 is still early 70s, isn't it?
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  3. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    Lots of great mentions here. I get the mentions for Eve of Destruction, but the choice there was to essentially list situations that were negatives. The problem with the song is it limits the capture of how it felt in response to that listing to the second verse's talk about fear. But the turbulence of the sixties wasn't limited to some subjective feeling of fear. Still, Eve's a great choice.

    The better one imho is Gimme Shelter. There the turbulence is described as experienced on a more psychologically existential basis than a "mere" fear of death. Plus the music itself grinds away at the listener, and feels more ominous. The added brilliance of Merry Clayton's near screaming vocals and eventually harmonizing with Jagger widens the community of those involved beyond Barry McGuire's solo lament. So I say

    Gimme Shelter.
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  5. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    Monster plus
    Draft Resister
    Don't Step on the Grass Sam
    Move Over
    From Here to There Eventually
    Power Play
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  6. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

    Tryon, NC, USA
    That's always been an odd bird in the Zappa oeuvre, as straight up protest folk wasn't normally his bag. Honestly, Mom and Dad is more disturbing, IMO.
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  7. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

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  8. The Big Guy

    The Big Guy Forum Resident

    Torrance, CA.
    The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"
    Simon & Garfunkel - "7 O'Clock News / Silent Night"
  9. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Thanks for pointing that out, I meant Prologue/Someday. The LP is with a friend right now, so I couldn't look it up :laugh:
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  10. fantgolf

    fantgolf Forum Resident

    Rochester, MN
    20th Century Man - the Kinks
    To me it is as meaningful today as it was in 1971.
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  11. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Deep Purple ~ Child in time
    ....works with any turbulent time.

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  12. Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie:
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  13. vivatones

    vivatones Forum Resident

    “Chicago” - Crosby, Stills & Nash
    “Out of Time” - Rolling Stones
  14. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    I bought the 20th Century Man single in 1971...I couldn't understand why it wasn't a much bigger hit.
  15. Tommy SB

    Tommy SB Forum Resident

    Santa Barbara, CA
    Video collage to match up with The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"...

  16. vivatones

    vivatones Forum Resident

    “Gabriel” - Joe South
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  17. Andrew J

    Andrew J Forum Resident

    South East England
    Has anyone mentioned Nina Simone yet? If not they should have
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  18. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    I came across this song by Delia Gartrell back in the 90s, it's a very powerful statement from a mother's point of view of her son going to Vietnam..."See What You Done Done":

  19. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hot Rocks is such an amazing best of set. I agree it may be the best ever compilation too.
    It's a best of set that flows so well.
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  20. Atomic Punk

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    Gimme Shelter
  21. KeninDC

    KeninDC Tighten Up Jam

    Virginia, USA
    While The Stones' "Gimme Shelter" (1969) caught the apocalyptic doom vibe of the 60s, picking up where Dylan's "All Along the Watch Tower" (1967) left off, The Stooges' "Search and Destroy" (1973) captured a dismal, muddy, speed-freak mess with overt Vietnam references.

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  22. Doctor Fine

    Doctor Fine Forum Resident

    Lewes, DE
    There were TONS of protest songs scattered all through the period.
    The entire period was NOT candy coated and "happy" and THEN turned ugly.
    It was ALWAYS featuring one protest song after another.
    But the one that captured my complete DISGUST with the 70s "scene" ---for me---was "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones.
    I was a musician all through this period and put up with the perpetual negativity while I myself concentrated on good solid DANCE music that made you happy.
    But when all my "friends" began snorting coke, shooting heroin and falling out while zonked on Quaaludes---that was when I gave the scene the big heave-Ho and quit the business.
    The "good times" were OVER and I decided I would rather drive a truck than play that crap.
    It was as though the mafia had come back to the record business and all the music product became phony and commercial overnight.
    And "Shattered" summed up how disgusted I felt.
    My two cents.
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  23. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    Street Fighting Man
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  24. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York

    Not to digress on Time, but they really shortchanged this shorter version (for radio) by failing as they did in the long version to go through the progression I, flatted VII, IV, slowly and with feedback at the end. It always sounds strange how the short version ended.
  25. mahanusafa02

    mahanusafa02 Forum Resident

    It’s a Neil Young song actually, but great example.

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